NFL notebook: DEA checks teams’ medical staffs as part of investigation
• Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two NFL teams’ medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. There were no arrests, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said the 49ers’ staff was checked at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., after they played the Giants. The Buccaneers were checked at a Washington-area airport after playing the Redskins. A person familiar with the investigation told Bloomberg News as many as seven teams were being inspected.
• Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in a statement through the NFL Players Association, denied he backed out of Friday’s hearing and claimed the pre-discipline meeting wasn’t part of the collective bargaining agreement. Peterson claimed the NFL was late to respond to questions about the nature of Friday’s hearing in connection to his child-abuse case in Texas despite the NFLPA’s repeated attempts to gain clarity from the league.
• Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch could be fined $100,000 by the NFL for refusing to speak to reporters after the team’s 24-20 loss to the Chiefs. ProFootballTalk reported the NFL informed Lynch he would be fined $100,000 if he did not talk to reporters after the game.
• Titans tight end Chase Coffman was fined $30,000 after an incident last Sunday in which he knocked down Ravens assistant coach Tony Coaxum on the sideline, according to an NFL spokesman. Video showed Coffman run out of bounds and hit an unsuspecting Coaxum and then appear to drag his cleat across the coach’s body before returning to the field.